I started this book on Monday. Though I’m not done with it yet, I’m enjoying it. I was concerned since I saw the movie Julie & Julia, but this is different. Julia describes her expat times in France while fumbling through the language and developing a passion for cooking.
As you can imagine, it makes me want to live abroad for a while (as if I didn’t already). Did you know there are expat job boards out there? Just sayin…
Back to the book.
Reading this also makes me want to cook. It won’t give the reader an urge to make some Hamburger Helper. It makes the reader pretend he or she is a chef making something fabulous.
By “fabulous,” I mean something with 30 ingredients and a 2-hour cook time. You know, like something from one of the gourmet magazines.
I always find myself restricted by the desire to cook healthier meals, time constraints, and budget constraints. For instance, the hubs and I both adore slow roasted lamb, possibly in coconut milk with spices, but that’s not exactly the leanest, cheapest, or quickest meal.
Nevertheless, a girl can dream… and eat this in the meantime.
I quickly whipped up this vegetarian shepherd’s pie last night after body pump. Delish!
In other book news, the renowned historian and author, John Keegan recently passed. In his honor, I persuaded Kevin to buy the only book of his I’ve attempted to read, The First World War. Though I have yet to finish the book, I enjoyed the parts I read before having to return it to the library. Perhaps once we own it, we’ll both actually get ‘er done.
Lastly, today’s my birthday! I’m 100 followers away from 1k on Twitter, so a great bday gift would be >1k by Sept. Sorry to be a ham, but it’d be cool. And since it’s a special day, I leave you with a funny.